Army orders probe into Budgam firing

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Oct 23: Army on Tuesday ordered an inquiry to ascertain the facts about the firing incident in Chattergam area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district that left two soldiers dead on Monday evening.
 “We have ordered an inquiry to ascertain the facts about the incident,” an Army official of 15 Corps said.
 Late Monday evening, Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh, a soldier of Territorial Army (TA) was killed and two other soldiers were injured when the personnel of 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) reportedly opened fire on a TATA Sumo they were traveling in near Chattergam Chowk.
 Police sources said that a patrolling party of 53 RR asked them to stop but the vehicle reportedly evaded the signal and the RR soldiers opened fire on TATA Sumo resulting in injuries to the driver and two Army men.
 The fire, police sources said, continued for some minutes. “The people traveling in Sumo then screamed that they were soldiers and fire was stopped. Otherwise it would have led to the killing of all seven army personnel traveling in the  vehicle,” police sources said adding that they were taken to a hospital.
 TA soldier Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. Later another TA solider Abdul Rauf also succumbed to his injuries thus taking the death toll to two while as Naik Setien Tao is undergoing treatment in 92 Base Hospital at Badambagh Army headquarters

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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